Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
Check out the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC), provided by the Office of Administration for Children and Families. Learn about the Performance Standards that all Head Start and Early Head Start programs follow, the importance of school readiness, national program news, the latest early childhood resources, and much more!
SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) offers an exciting opportunity for parents, grandparents, and community members to get involved at our River Road and Gladstone locations. Do you have one hour, once a week, that you could volunteer? Join us in supporting children’s early reading skills, providing encouragement, and sharing in the fun! Visit “SMART” today to learn more!
Do you want to give back to the community? Do you want to share your skills and expertise with others? Are you passionate about helping children succeed? Clackamas County Children’s Commission has a volunteer position for you! Join us by reading to a child, nurturing our community garden, or putting your organizational skills to the test! We have many classroom, nutrition program, and facilities/maintenance opportunities – contact us today for more information! Se habla Español!
Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors!
Members of the Board are driven by their desire to make a big difference in the lives of low-income children and families in their community. They help the Head Start and Early Head Start organization set and achieve goals for children’s healthy development and school readiness, families’ economic well-being, and community empowerment.
Head Start Makes a Difference!
“I was a newly divorced mother of two boys. I had no education at that time other than a high school diploma. I was told by a friend to call Head Start and enroll my son in their (free) preschool program. Once he was enrolled, I connected instantly with his teacher, and soon learned that Head Start is about more than just preschool.
I began attending parent nights and was elected to the parent Policy Council. I went to council meetings and later ran for Region X Parent Representative. I even spoke in front of 130 people at the regional conference that year! Soon, I was headed to college and working a part-time job as a mail carrier. I even bought my first house! None of this would have happened without the support of Head Start!
16 years later, I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology. My goal was to work for Head Start to repay my gratitude to the program that has done so much for me. I interviewed for an AmeriCorps service position where my placement became Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start. I got the job as PIVOT Program Coordinator and it was a dream come true to work with parents.
After three years in that position, I have recently completed my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. I am no longer an AmeriCorps member but I have accepted a regular, full-time position with Clackamas County Children’s Commission working for their Head Start & Early Head Start programs. My job title is Parent & Volunteer Coordinator. I love my job as I get to encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom and become involved in their children’s lives every day. It is a tremendous privilege because I know firsthand the difference that Head Start staff can make.”
– Heather, Former Program Parent